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Guadeloupe and north of Martinique. Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs.
Flag of Dominica
With an area of 751 km² (289.5 sq mi) the island is slightly larger than Singapore, or slightly more than four times the size of Washington, DC. The island has a coastline of 148 km, its landscape is mountainous and of volcanic origin, highest peak is Morne Diablotins, at 1,447 m (4,747 ft), the dormant volcano is the second highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles, after La Grande Soufrière in Guadeloupe.
The most northern of the Windward Islands has a population of of 72,000 inhabitants (in 2014). Capital and largest city is Roseau. Spoken languages are English (official) and a French based Antillean Creole (Kwéyòl).
Commonwealth of Dominica | Waitikubuli
Dominica is part of the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. It was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs.
France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years.
Some 3,000 Carib Indians are still living on Dominica, they are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.
Windward Islands: Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Commonwealth of Dominica
short form: Dominica (Pronounced Dom-in-ee-ka)
Carib name: Waitikubuli (Meaning: Tall is her Body)
ISO Country Code: dm, DMA
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Tue-Jan-23 05:41
Country Calling Code: +1 767
Capital City: Roseau (pronounced rose-oh) (population 13,500)
Main towns: Canefield (3,400), Portsmouth (3,300), Marigot (2,700), Salisbury (2,500), Atkinson (2,300), Berekua (2,100), St Joseph (1,900), Castle Bruce (1,900), Wesley (1,600) and Mahaut (1,200).
Type: Parliamentary democracy; republic within commonwealth.
Independence: 3 November 1978 (from UK).
Constitution: November 1978.
Location: Eastern Caribbean; North of Martinique and South of Guadeloupe.
Area: 751 km² (290 sq. mi)
Roseau (population 14,500).
Terrain: Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover.
Climate: Tropical; climate and temperatures can vary drastically dependent upon the season and region.
Nationality: Dominican (Dom-i-nee-can).
Population: 72,000 (2014)
Ethnic groups: Mainly African descent, some Carib Indians.
Religions: Roman Catholic (80%), Anglican, other Protestant denominations.
Languages: English. A french based Creole (Patois) is widely spoken by residents.
Natural resources: Timber, hydropower, arable land.
Agriculture products: Bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited.
Industries: Soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra.
Exports - commodities: bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges
Exports - partners: Japan 38.1%, Jamaica 19%, Antigua and Barbuda 10.4%, Trinidad and Tobago 6.2%, St. Lucia 4.8%, St. Kitts and Nevis 4.2% (2015)
Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals
Imports - partners: Japan 42%, Trinidad and Tobago 17%, USA 11.9%, China 6% (2015)
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
The Commonwealth of Dominica is a sovereign island nation, its government system is that of a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations, based on its constitution which was adopted in 1978.
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Chief of state is the president, head of government is the prime minister.
Executive power is vested in the president and the cabinet of ministers, headed by the prime minister.
Official Sites of DominicaNote: External links will open in a new browser window.
Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
The Official Government Website of Dominica.
Office of the Prime Minister
Dominica's Prime Minister's Office.
House of Assembly
The office of the House of Assembly.
Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations - Dominica official website.
Dominica Meteorological Service
Dominica's official weather.
Map of Dominica
General map of Dominica.
Google Earth Dominica
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica.
Google Earth Roseau
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica's capital city.
Political Map of the Caribbean
Political map of the island territories in the Caribbean Sea.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
The Caribbean news portal Dominica Vibes.
Dominican community web site provides also regional news.
Dominica Broadcasting Services
DBS radio station.
Kairi radio station offers also Dominica news.
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Arts & Culture
Dominica World Creole Music Festival
Official website of the annual World Creole Music Festival.
Mas Domnik - Dominica's Carnival
Band Splash, Calypso Monarch Competition, Dominican Pan.
The Real Mas!
Dominica born Rrasta singer and musician of the first order.
Pan by The Bay
When Steel Talks, Dominican Steel Pan.
Indigenous Dominica - The Caribs
Carib Territory: home to the Kalinago (Carib) Indians who once ruled the entire Eastern Caribbean.
Lennox Honychurch's Dominica
Art, Articles, Culture, History and Resources about Dominica.
Business & EconomyDominica’s economy is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. Main export goods are coffee, cocoa, bananas, citrus and tropical fruits, timber and rum.
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Dominica is ECCB Member.
DEXIA - Dominica Export Import Agency
The Dominica Export Import Agency is responsible for promotion, development and export of agricultural, agro-processing and manufactured products.
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Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Dominica - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover Dominica: Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge, Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Woodford Hill Beach.
Dominica is for the Nature Enthusiasts, those seeking adventure in nature and who want to get-away-from-it all!
A number of nature oriented activities are offered on the island, these include: , , River Bathing, Bird watching, Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Botany Explorations, and Trekking and Hiking on the Waitukubuli Trail.
Dominica. Nature Island of the Caribbean, information from the official tourism website about Festivals and Events, Island Activities and more.
Community Tourism in Dominica
The programme seeks to build the necessary linkages between tourism and the agricultural and rural sectors.
More Dominica information:
Underwater and Landscape images.
Information for tourists visiting Dominica.
Nature Island Destinations
Island visitor information.
A Virtual Dominica
Comprehensive guide to the island.
Facts & FAQs from and about Dominica.
Longest hiking trail in the Caribbean at 115 mi (185 km).
Carib Territory Guest House
Kallinago and Creole Cuisine.
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa
Offers a Jungle Spa Adventure Package.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Rain forest Eco-inn.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Dominica
Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Morne Trois Pitons is a 1,342-m-high volcano on Dominica, it is the center of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, featuring 50 fumaroles, some hot springs, three freshwater lakes, five volcanoes, and a 'boiling lake'.
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Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences
Non-profit organisation disigned to augment the development effort in the Commonwealth of Dominica by propelling new initiatives in arts and sciences that would enhance the quality of life on the island.
Dominica State College
Formerly Clifton Dupigny Community College, is a national college, located in the northern part of Roseau.
University of the West Indies Centre
Information on the Dominica University Centre.
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Environment & Nature
Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute - CARDI
With membership composed of the twelve CARICOM nations, CARDI is committed to improving the quality of lives of the people of the Caribbean Region through agricultural research and innovation without compromising, biodiversity, biosafety, environment sustainability, and human health..
Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness - ECCEA
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.
A natural hot pool at the beach
Overview and timeline of Dominica's History.
Dominica : History
Overview on Dominica's history by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
History of Dominica
Wikipedia article about Dominica's history.
Caribbean and Dominica related directory.
Sources and additional Information about Dominica
Amnesty International: Dominica
BBC Country Profile: Dominica
The Commonwealth: Dominica
The Heritage Foundation: Dominica
Human Rights Watch: Dominica
The World Factbook -- Dominica
Major Cities in the Caribbean:
Basse-Terre, Basseterre, Bridgetown, Castries, Charlotte Amalie, Fort-de-France, Hamilton, Havana, Kingston, Kingstown, Nassau, Oranjestad, Port-au-Prince, Port-of-Spain, Roseau, Saint George's, Saint John's, Saint Martin, San Juan, Santo Domingo, The Valley, Willemstad
Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | British Virgin Islands | Cuba
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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